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{ Tinkerers Delight } Download PSFK’s Makers’ Manual …*

Cool free new resource alert for rethinkers–the PSFK’s Makers’ Manual.

The Maker’s Manual explores how everyone from do-it-yourselfers and artists to inventors and entrepreneurs are leveraging new tools, platforms and services to take their ideas from concepts to reality.

learn, make & rethink …* 

Infuse Your Monday with Whimsy & Imagination Thanks to Carl the Talking Piece of Cardboard…*

Play, imagine & rethink…* with this delightful short animation from FaceHeads, a growing art collective based in Moscow, Russia, dedicated to making original content and releasing fresh creative projects. Meet Carl, the talking piece of cardboard, who has devised a fun little exercise to “support the growth of imagination in both children and grownups.”

Instant Face Maker from FaceHeads on Vimeo.

 

[H/T]  Instant Face Maker via Booooooom, published March 8, 2013

“Magic is a total moment of being astonished & questioning what you believe.” ~ Mario the Magician – Building Magic

Enjoy this delightful short film by KAL on Mario Marchese aka Mario the Magician…*

“There’s an old Bob Dylan song where he laughs before he starts playing and I always think about that laughter before he starts playing and sometimes I rewind it and I just listen to him laugh. It’s just this amazing unexpected moment because you’re listening to listen to music, you’re not listening to listen to Bob Dylan laugh and that’s magic. Right there, that’s magic.”

(Mario the Magician: Building Magic from MarioTheMagician on Vimeo.)

 

“Magic is creating a moment for someone else where they forget that reality is reality and they actually question everything for a moment and not in a scary way but in the most exciting way because magic is an experience. Magic is a total moment of being astonished and questioning what you believe.”

 Film: Mario the Magician – Building Magic {JunkCulture}

Friday Link Fest {November 30-December 7, 2012}

ARTICLES

An Interactive Exhibit Chronicles The History Of Building Blocks ~ David Rockwell’s blue foam blocks serve as the lynchpin of a new exhibit on self-directed play at the National Building Museum. via FastCo.Design, published November 29, 2012.

Videogames Do Belong in the Museum of Modern Art ~ via Wired, published December 4, 2012.

These Five-Student Teams Could Change The World, With A Little Help From Microsoft ~ via FastCo.Exist, published December 5, 2012.

Exploring Humanity’s Evolving ‘Global Brain’ ~ via The New York Times, published December 3, 2012.

What Can Children Teach Us about Innovation? Everything, Says Stanford Design Guru ~ via Forbes, published December 6, 2012.

10 Techniques for Making Cities More Walkable ~ via Atlantic Cities, published December 3, 2012.

DIY History crowdsources the transcription of 17th century cookbooks ~ Launched by the University of Iowa, DIY History, a crowdsourcing initiative that allows volunteers to transcribe the Szathmary Culinary Archives, centuries’ worth of handwritten cookbooks from 1600s to the 1960s, making the content searchable and available online. via Wired UK, published December 3, 2012.

Curious About…Hierarchy. ~ via The Curiosity Chronicles, published November 29, 2012.

 

VIDEOS

Self-Taught African Teenager Wows M.I.T. (and Other Innovators Changing Africa’s Fate) ~ via Open Culture, published December 3, 2012.

(via thnkrtv on YouTube, published Nov 16, 2012)

 

Sir Ken Robinson – Educating the Heart and Mind ~ via dalailamacenter on YouTube, published November 2, 2011.

 

A Real-Life Pixar Lamp That Interacts With The World Around It ~ via FastCo.Design, published December 4, 2012.

(via Pinokio from Pinokio on Vimeo.)

Artist Ken Butler Turns One Man’s Trash Into Another Man’s Quirky Stringed Instrument ~ via Open Culture, published December 3, 2012.

 

Remembering Jazz Legend Dave Brubeck (RIP) with a Very Touching Musical Moment ~ via Open Culture, published December 5, 2012.

(via afahsu on YouTube, published November 4 2007)

IMAGES

Strange, Beautiful and Unexpected: Planned Cities Seen From Space ~ via Wired, published November 29, 2012.

Feather Art by Chris Maynard ~ Washington-based artist Chris Maynard uses the forms and patterns of feathers to create intricate cutouts of large flocks of birds. Using fine eye surgery forceps, scalpels, and magnifiers, Chris carefully cuts and arranges the feathers guiding each piece to honor something about the feather and bird that grew it. via Junkculture, published December 4, 2012.

Amazing Photos Of Animals In The Wild, Snapped By Hidden Automatic Cameras ~ Rethinking…* animal specimens: The Smithsonian’s Wild project uses advanced automated cameras to capture images of animals in their natural habitats as they go about their day. It’s a much better kind of specimen than a dead, stuffed animal. via FastCo.Exist, published November 27, 2012.

 Infographic: 100 Leaders in Public Interest Design ~ via GOOD, published December 5, 2012.

Friday Link Fest {October 19-26, 2012}

ARTICLES

Getting Energy From the Ocean Floor ~ A consortium of companies, including Eaton Corporation, Triton, and others, are in the process of building the first-ever collection system designed to harvest energy from the currents found in the depths of Earth’s oceans. via BigThink, published October 17, 2012.

Twitter Turns #SignsYoSonIsGay Hashtag Into Warm and Fuzzy Support Group ~ On the people of Twitter being awesome and the power of social media to create supportive communities. via Gawker, published October 20, 2012.

Why Focus Groups Kill Innovation, From The Designer Behind Swiffer ~ Design Thinking in action: The Aeron Chair, the Swiffer, and the Reebok Pump–none of these breakthrough products would have gotten high marks from a focus group. Here Continuum’s Gianfranco Zaccai lists four steps to take before introducing a design to the masses. via FastCo.Design, published October 18, 2012.

What Both MBAs And MFAs Get Wrong About Solving Business Problems ~ Numbers and bullet points aren’t the only things driving executive decision making. And pretty pictures won’t get you there either. Both Designers and MBAs have a lot to learn. via FastCo.Design, published April 26, 2012

Urban ExperimentsTake to the Streets~ “a living laboratory” of two dozen imaginative inventions for transforming public space being showcased at the Urban Prototyping Festival, a free, 10-hour event in downtown San Francisco held last Sartuday. via San Francisco Gate, published October 19, 2012.

TALKS

New York Times Data Artist Jer Thorp on Humanized Data at the Intersection of Science, Art and Design ~ In a talk given at TEDxVancouver, Jer Thorp takes us on a sweeping tour of his work and ethos, living at the intersection of science, art, and design. via Brainpickings, published March 1, 2012.

YouTube Announces The Next 10 Gurus Of Education ~ After more than 1,000 entries, YouTube has chosen the next 10 Gurus of Education. The search started last month when YouTube teamed up with Khan Academy to find a few folks who could generate useful content and resources for the YouTube EDU channels (1,000 channels exist so far). via Edudemic, published October 17, 2012.

How Popcorn Maker Adds a New Layer of Information to a TED Talk~ TED goes transmedia: TEDTalk as you have never seen a TEDTalk before — with a clickable layer of information that anyone can add to, edit or remix. via TED Blog, published October 19, 2012

John Maeda on The New Tao of Leadership ~ “when creative people become The Man, it’s quite awkward.” via Big Think, published October October 12, 2012

Education in the Age of Innovation Panel ~ The most significant trend today is the shift away from a world where power is concentrated in the hands of an elite few, and success for everyone else depends on their ability to perform repetitive function work. Instead, in our world now defined by accelerating change, success depends on our individual and collective ability to innovate. During this plenary panel, four of the nation’s premier education thought leaders and practitioners offered their vision for education in the age of innovation. via Ashoka, published Aug 22, 2012.

IMAGES

A Very Unusual Camera That Emphasizes Time Over Space ~ Jay Mark Johnson—an architect, painter, political activist, cinematic special-effects designer, and student of cognitive sciences—probably would not have come up with the idea, himself, were it not for a chance discovery. He had purchased a $85,000 rotating slit-scan camera for high-resolution panoramas. (The camera records vast landscapes sliver by sliver.) Finding the accidental effects of motion in front of the camera strangely poetic, he experimented with stopping the rotation and honing in on one tiny area. These images are the result. via Slate.com, published Oct. 15, 2012.

Temporary Pavilion by Shigeru Ban in Moscow’s Gorky Park ~ On October 20th, 2012 Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture is opening the temporary pavilion by Shigeru Ban, a new venue for exhibitions, lectures, workshops, film screenings, concerts and kids’ activities, with cafe and book store. Ban’s design for the Garage’s new temporary space–situated by Gorky Park’s Pionersky Pond–uses locally produced paper tubes to create an oval wall at 6 meters high with the total area of the pavilion measuring 2,400 square meters. via DesignBoom, published October 20, 2012.

The Must-Have EdTech Cheat Sheet ~ Infographic from Boundless on the whole galaxy of terminology that you should know about when it comes to education technology. via Edudemic, published July 26, 2012.

50 Alternate American Flags, Each A Secret Infographic ~ Rethinking…* the American Flag ~ Design Studio MGMT hides telling data points inside their reimagined variations of the stars and stripes. via FastCoDesign, published October 19, 2012.

Full-Size Museum Replicas from a Makerbot ~ These pieces were printed on a Makerbot Replicator 2 3D printer, by artist Cosmo Wenman, who printed them in several pieces and then assembled them. via BoingBoing.net, published October 20, 2012.

An Inside Look At Art-School Studios Around The World ~ Photographer Leonora Hamill has traveled the world capturing quiet moments at art schools for her Art in Progress series. Creative environments are in clear focus, but it’s chemistry–implicit between teacher and student, materials and limitations, assignment and epiphany–that makes these images so striking and alive. via FastCoDesign, published October 19th, 2012.

The Best Graphics That Make You Realize You Don’t Know How Big Anything Actually Is~ Admit it. You have no real feeling for the size of the solar system. That’s O.K. Nobody else does either. Even knowing the numbers doesn’t help much. If I tell you the Earth is about 8,000 miles in diameter and 93,000,000 miles from the Sun, does that give you any sense of the distances involved? No, because the numbers are too big. Things that are so far removed from our daily experience — like quarks, and dinosaurs, and Kim Kardashian — are inherently hard to understand. via Smithsonian.com, published October 22, 2012.

RESOURCES

47 Mind-Blowing Psychological Facts You Should Know About Yourself ~ Humans: An Evolving Reference. Via Business Insider War Room, published Nov. 22, 2010.

DIY.org ~ Terrific website for kids & adults: Earn Skills, Become a Maker: Build. Make. Hack. Grow.

27 Ways to Learn Programming Online ~ via The Next Web, published October 21, 2012.

Get a Liberal Arts Education For Free on the Internet ~ Just getting a job in this economy is difficult enough. Getting one with a liberal arts degree is simply masochistic. Don’t spend half a decade and thousands of dollars only to join the rest of the English majors busking in a subway. Instead, educate yourself with these valuable, respectable, and totally free online resources. via Gizmodo, published October 20, 2012.

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